Prayer for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord Jesus Christ,
be merciful to us for your name’s sake.
When we wander from you,
bring us back,
wash away the sins that we have committed,
and set us, whom you have redeemed
at your right hand when you come to be our judge;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881,p. 37 #3 (Trinity 23)

“When we wander from you…” is a reference to Psalm 23:3Matthew 18:12Luke 15:4

“wash away the sins…” is a reference to Psalm 51:2Acts 22:16, 2 Corinthians 7:1James 4:81 John 1:71 John 1:9

“and set us, …at your right hand ..” is a reference to Psalm 16:11Matthew 25:34

Defend Us from All Enemies

O Lord,
mercifully hear our prayer
and stretch forth the right hand of your majesty
to defend us from all enemies that rise up against us;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the First Sunday in Lent

Source of this version: Translation © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Be Our Sure Defense

Almighty God,
look on the humble desires of your servants.
Stretch forth the right hand of your majesty
and be our sure defense;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Third Sunday in Lent

Source of this version: Translation © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Help and Defend Us

Almighty and eternal God,
look on our weaknesses.
Stretch forth the right hand of your majesty
to help and defend us from all danger;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Source of this version: Translation © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Restore to Me the Joy

girolamo_savonarola“Restore to me the joy of your salvation.”
I recall what great peace,
what great tranquility of soul I enjoyed
when I rejoiced in the Lord,
and found delight in God my Savior.
Yes, now I grieve even more
because I know what I have lost.
I know what very great benefits I have lost.
Yes, I cry frantically,
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation.”
Restore what you have taken away from me because of my sins.
Restore what I have lost through my own fault.
Restore through Jesus’ merits,
who always stands at your right hand
and makes intercession for us,
that through him I may know
that you are reconciled to me,
that the seal is set on my heart,
that I may say with the apostle—
“I have been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live,
but Christ who lives in me.”

Source: Girolamo Savonarola

Source of this version: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 44 #1

This prayer quotes Psalm 51:12Song of Solomon 8:6,  Galatians 2:20

Reveal Yourself to Us

johannes-scotus-erigenaO God,
you are the everlasting essence of all things,
beyond space and time,
and yet within them.
You transcend and fill all things.
Show yourself to us,
who look for you and seek you
despite the shades of our ignorance.
Stretch forth your hand to help us.
Without you we cannot come to you.
Reveal yourself to us who seek nothing beside you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: John Scotus Eriugena

Source of this version: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 47 #1

For Pardon

800px-mathis_gothart_grc3bcnewald_007Lord Jesus Christ,
you stretched out your hands on the cross,
and redeemed us by your blood.
Forgive me, a sinner,
for none of my thoughts are hidden from you.
Pardon I ask,
pardon I hope for,
pardon I trust to have.
You are full of pity
and full of mercy,
spare and forgive me.
Amen.

Source: Ambrose

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

Graphic: The Small Crucifixion by Matthias Grünewald, Wikimedia